When the Polish volunteer, Krystian started to work at the Temporary Shelter for Families in Békásmegyer, he didn’t know what tasks he will have. He was scared, but also excited. Now, after two months he knows much more. Our EVS volunteer, Natalia Puchajda is reporting.
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Volunteer psychologists are holding individual sessions, group sessions, movie clubs and team-building trainings at the facilities of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. Their presence may not only result in positive changes in the lives of clients, but may also strengthen these young people in their role as psychologists.
Researchers, social work experts, volunteers, members of civil society and politicians discuss the eradication of child hunger and improvements in the lives of disadvantaged children in Hungary. Is solving one of the most pressing problems of our time really a task for the whole of society?
The Hungarian Szimfónia (Symphonia) Program can trace its history back to Venezuela in the 1970s. José Antonio Abreu pianist, conductor and educator is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system, called El Sistema that transformed thousands of kids’ lives in Venezuela.
Face painting, group shouting, collecting feathers for good energy, Native American Indian jumping, archery, and last but not least: inaugurate children to our tribe. The volunteers of the Malteser Youth of Budapest held a summer camp between 24 and 28 July for the children with difficult backgrounds, coming from Ócsa and the Temporary Shelter of Families in Budapest.
Long planning, looking into the needs, application process and preparation training – all these steps had to be fulfilled before the new program has recently started. Arriving to the practical phase from the preparatory work, 24 psychologists started to work at the institutions of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta in the central Hungarian region from January.
Let’s do something new, something more exciting, something different from usual. These were the keywords while planning the Christmas programme for children at the housing estate of Ócsa. This year instead of mandarines, chocolate and material presents, we brought special, creative games for the kids and edited a video from their personal messages to each other.
This year Santa Claus has arrived to the housing estate of Ócsa in sneakers and a T-Shirt with Brazilian captions. His reindeers needed to be fed with salty nuts, in order to bring him back to his home in Lappland. The food had to be collected by children in a game with more stations.